The KACST (King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology) has given a grant to the King Saud University to establish a biometric research lab which will help improve digital security. The grant is given to research secure biometric cryptosystems and use them for better security.

Saudi Arabia also in race of Biometrics

There are some countries which utilize the biometric systems already. Saudi Arabia has also decided to use the technology for national security and prevention of identity theft. According to the professor at the KSU Khurram Khan, the project is titled, “Hand-based Biometrics Fusion and Bio-Cryptosystem Computation.” The project will help secure the national security to the next level. Khan also said that the grant was given under the grant program for universities under the NTP 2020, the National Transformation Program.

The NTP 2020 program has been giving a lot of grant for national projects which is also good for the future of technology and research in Saudi Arabia. It keeps the Vision 2030 at pace. According to the Chinese ambassador who is on a visit to Saudi Arabia, the Vision2030 is an opportunity for integration between two countries. Seeing the technological advancements going on, it is good for China’s Belt and Road Initiative. And adding biometric security at the national level on the projects between two countries will prove more beneficial.

According to Prof. Khan, the projects aim is to,

“Develop a framework for a secure biometric cryptosystem by protecting biometric templates derived from the fusion of palm prints and palm veins to satisfy four biometric cryptosystem and template security criteria: Security, diversity, revocability, and accuracy of performance.”

He also added that not only national security would improve, but this program will also impact law enforcement authorities and cyber-trust.

The project will give Saudi Arabia the technological strength which it needs to face the current global terrorism threat.